Moving away from one’s home (by necessity or choice) in response to an environmental factor is often termed “ecomigration.” With the number of environmental disasters predicted increase in coming decades due to climate change, the number of ecomigrants has grown “a good deal higher” than the 25 million from the 1990s. Whether it is the NASA computer worker from Maryland moving his family to New Zealand or the millions relocating in Bangladesh to escape coastal flooding, people are starting to become more serious about the risks presented by climate change. This article from the Washington Post chronicles some stories of ecomigrants and discusses why they felt the need to move in response to an environmental hazard.
Think about the risks climate change presents to you. Would you need or be forced to move?